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Old 03-09-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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Invisible Progress and General Site Update

Just letting you guys know... since about 6pm this evening, the past *counts* 7 hours... I've spent optimizing UB for search engines.

I've loaded every single different page on the, and gone through probably tens of thousands of lines of code by hand, optimizing everything for search engines to come in, get the information they're looking for, and get out. Quick, efficient, and accurate.

There are no more link loops, all anchor tags have relationships appropriately setup, and now the path of a web crawler should be as linear as possible.

Will we see a thousand users online tomorrow because of this? Probably not. However with this, I expect to gain much favor with Google over the next month or two.

The only thing I have not finished is the mod_rewrite engine for thread and post filenames, but I'm waiting for some more responses on an SEO (search engine optimization) forum I'm a member of before I do that, to ensure it's done correctly.

Also I'm considering eliminating the homepage completely, so when you go to www.unitedbimmer.com, you're staring at the forums. Would there be any objections to that? Talk to me! lol

That's about it. I'm still working on a few final bugs, but I've gotten most of them out now. The major one I just finished was restoring thousands of posts and threads to the General Automotive forum, and the two biggest outstanding bugs are the breadcrumb text at the top while viewing a thread, and the RMC integration (the new version of vbulletin obliterated my code ).

Anyway, I'll keep you guys posted, but let me know what you think about the homepage idea.

Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:34 AM   #2
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Also there are a few additional small changes going on, like this for example:
http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/s...ad.php?p=90018

Another small change is the FeedBurner integration below the sidebar.
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:39 AM   #3
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I still am missing everything that used to be on the bottom right of the screen does everyone have that? The little drag toolbar where you click on it, and it gives you all the forum options to go to. Kill sotries, e36, etc.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:00 AM   #4
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I still am missing everything that used to be on the bottom right of the screen does everyone have that? The little drag toolbar where you click on it, and it gives you all the forum options to go to. Kill sotries, e36, etc.
It's back.

I'm posting this quote in the bug-busters thread in the Lounge, to keep all bugs in the same area.
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Old 03-13-2006, 01:13 AM   #5
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That homepage idea is good. I hardly ever read it anyway... My bookmarks go straight to the forums.

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Old 03-13-2006, 01:26 AM   #6
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That homepage idea is good. I hardly ever read it anyway... My bookmarks go straight to the forums.

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My 2nd UB bookmark is for uploading pictures.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:49 AM   #7
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Yeah I have no problem skipping the homepage
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